Paul Broun Doubles Down

This guy is definitely seeking the hotly-contested title of Craziest Man in Congress. Yes, dear reader, we’re speaking of Paul Broun, about whom we previously wrote Congressman Broun on Evolution & the Big Bang. At that post you can see the video in which he said that evolution and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.”

The most frightening thing about Broun isn’t that he’s an idiot — he’s certainly not alone there — or even that he’s a medical doctor. What’s really scary is that in Congress he’s a member of the Committee on Science and Technology and also the Committee on Homeland Security.

In the just-concluded congressional election, a contest in which Broun had no Democrat opponent, write-in candidate Charles Darwin (disqualified not only for being an Englishman, but also for being deceased) drew a respectable 20% of the vote in Athens-Clarke County, and the Darwin vote in the rest of Broun’s district is yet to be reported (see Election Returns in Broun vs. Darwin).

As if that’s not enough craziness for one election, now there’s more news about this world-class fool. In the Athens Banner-Herald of Athens, Georgia, located in Broun’s district, we read Broun addresses veterans at Morgan County church. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Congressman Paul Broun used a Veterans Day address at a Morgan County church to urge a crowd of hundreds to enlist in an army dedicated to learning about, and asserting, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as the founding principles of the United States.

We find no fault with that. Indeed, it’s entirely admirable, and most of the article is about Broun’s patriotic message. But then he jumps the tracks, and that’s the part you should know about. Here it comes:

Broun … warned his audience Sunday to be wary of internal enemies.

Uh oh … that sounds like the start of something interesting. Let’s read on:

“Our enemies are not just al-Qaida. We have internal enemies,” Broun said. “When we have attacks upon the church, Jesus and the Constitution; those are internal enemies.”

Pause for a moment to let that sink in, dear reader. As a member of the House of Representatives, Broun sits on the Committee on Homeland Security — and he thinks the nation is threatened by attacks on Jesus. As you ponder the implications of that, we’ll continue with a bit more from the Athens Banner-Herald:

Honoring veterans also means learning about early American history, Broun said, understanding the country’s Christian underpinnings …

Whenever that subject comes up, we always provide a link to Is America a “Christian Nation”?, which is our understanding of that subject. Here’s more from Broun’s speech:

“There is a tremendous lack of knowledge … about the biblical foundations” of this country, Broun said, noting later in his address that “the only way we’ll turn it around is if you get involved.”

In our humble opinion, Broun personifies that “tremendous lack of knowledge.” Moving along, we come to the “doubling down” that our title promised you. It’s our last excerpt:

Just as he had at a recent sportsmen’s banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Broun, a physician, asserted the Bible’s scientific truth, contending that “there is scientific data” to support divine creation of the Earth as outlined in the Bible.

Holding onto a Bible, Broun said, “What I’ve found, as a doctor and as a scientist, it that this book is true.”

The guy is definitely in the top tier of contenders for the Craziest Congressman title, but it’s far too early to award him the crown. Experience has taught us that others will emerge who are also deserving of that honor. So let’s wait a while.

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25 responses to “Paul Broun Doubles Down

  1. Everyone is missing the point about Broun. Clearly he believes “the” (which one?) Biblical account “on faith, in spite of contradictory evidence.” Or he’s in on the scam but doesn’t think the masses can handle the truth. Either way he needs to be forced to comment on the various Discoveroid concessions, such as Behe’s acceptance of ~4 billion years of common descent, or Dembski’s admission that there’s no evidence of a global flood but that it’s good to believe it anyway. Then he needs to be asked if he considers Discoveroids among the “enemy within” or not. He can’t have it both ways.

  2. Broun is perhaps the first congressman to challenge Michelle Bachmann for the title of craziest member. His time is limited though, he will certainly be defeated in 2014 by the up-and-coming challenger, Mr. Charles Darwin.

    Maybe we can get the Colbert super-pac to back the Darwin candidacy…

  3. Charles Deetz ;)

    Broun has sipped the David Barton kool-aid. No, he’s chugged it and has a purple smile like an eight-year-old. There was no biblical foundation to our nation’s founding, that’s why there is a lack of knowledge of it, you stupid ya-hoo.

    Apparently the ability to ignore lack of facts, or easily falsifiable facts makes guys like Broun accept any alternate information that fits their world view. Yes, dangerous once he sees such ‘internal terrorism’.

  4. Gentlemen, I think we may be looking at a future candidate for the venerable elite of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award winners!

  5. Holding The Line In Florida

    Here! Here! Truly the Buffoon Award is in order!

  6. Unbridled faith that asserts alternatives to reality to the gullible is always interesting to watch. Athens is a very conservative evangelical district. bround knows where his bread gets buttered. UGa is right smack in the geographic center of this congressional district.
    I see a political science professorship at Liberty U in the future for the good doctor. And some thorazine. Perhaps he could learn to read.

  7. We have a nomination for the Bufoon Award, and a second. It’s now time to vote. All in favor of Broun being elected to the Distinguished Order of Bufoonery, signify by saying “Aye”. (RSG casts his vote as “Aye”.) Any opposed, say “nay”. As president of this blog, SC shall count the votes and announce the results.

  8. Ceteris Paribus

    The Curmudgeon says:”What’s really scary is that in Congress he’s [Broun] a member of the Committee on Science and Technology and also the Committee on Homeland Security.”

    and

    Ed says: “Broun is perhaps the first congressman to challenge Michelle Bachmann for the title of craziest member.”

    Look at their committee assignments: Michele Bachmann serves on the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Broun on Science and Technology and also the Committee on Homeland Security. Important posts, not exactly committees in charge of overseeing freshness dates stamped on packages of cheese doodles.

    It is interesting that Michelle Bachmann had never been elected to her congressional seat with more than a 3% vote margin, but that didn’t stop McCain from nominating her for his VP candidate. This year Bachmann’s house seat victory margin was just 1%.

    So watch to see if Speaker Boehner re-appoints Tea Party members Bachmann and Broun to prestigious seats in the new congress. If so, it is pretty good evidence that the Curmudgeon’s open letter to the Republican Party didn’t get delivered.

  9. RSG said:

    It’s now time to vote. All in favor of Broun being elected to the Distinguished Order of Bufoonery, signify by saying “Aye”.

    AYE!

  10. Aye, aye. I’m from Chicago, i get to vote twice.

  11. Gary says: “It’s now time to vote.”

    This ain’t no democracy. But be of good cheer, Broun will probably get that award. It’ll take just a few more posts. He’s gotta prove that he has staying power — that is, he needs to keep saying crazy things so he stays in the news.

  12. Moreover, I think a man of Broun’s calibre and potential will merit creation of a new, crack-squad of elite idiots, the league of

    Dangerous Buffoons

  13. aye aye yi. ………………..I vote two Buffoons and raise one coyote from
    South Texas and regions towards the equator from there.
    I agree with Ed that if Broun doesn’t get canned from the Science and Technology Committee quickly, its business as usual at Congress..
    How do these Represntatives and Senators stack up against some of the most influential Congresses in American History?

  14. @SC: Actually, RSG said we needed to vote. But I wholeheartedly think he has already earned the Buffoon Award. You’ve given the award to both Bobby Jindal and Rapturous Ronda. Both of them operate at the state level. Broun is, and has been, operating at the national level. That, to me, gives him bonus points towards the award. Further, he’s operating directly in the field of science and technology. That gives him even more bonus points.

  15. If Charles Darwin could pick up 20% of the vote, why did the Democrats not run against him?

  16. I’m sick unto (near-) death of physicians who style themselves “scientists.” Pre-meds take science courses as undergrads, but medical school is a long way from training in doing science. Physicians are more akin to engineers than to scientists. (Cue Salem Conjecture comments.)

  17. RBH, I have no idea why your comments keep being snagged by the spam-catcher. Some other blog here at WordPress seems to have a grudge against you.

  18. Ceteris Paribus: “t is interesting that Michelle Bachmann had never been elected to her congressional seat with more than a 3% vote margin, but that didn’t stop McCain from nominating her for his VP candidate.

    Wrong ditz. That was Sarah Palin, not Bachmann. Governor of Alaska, Hockey Mom, etc.

  19. @RBH

    Right you are. Unless he has an MD/PhD, which I don’t think he does and even then he missed a few lessons along the way. And for what its worth myh vote for the buffoon award is also ‘aye’.

  20. We’re comforted in knowing that a Democrat will challenge Broun in the next available election, though I, myself, don’t know much about the challenger yet. Anyone would be better than Broun, right?

    Our main concern is Broun’s serving on critical federal government committees, which can only hinder insight and progress in those important committees. What can we do to protest his inappropriately sitting on those committees right now, until we can ‘un-elect’ him?

    The ‘Charles Darwin’ write-in was a farcical, symbolical protest that we, here in Georgia, were eager to make. But, we’d really rather have some action taken against this guy’s ‘participation’ in our government, due to his being an idiot.

    Mr. S.C., if you find the voting results for the ‘Charles Darwin’ write-in vote in Baldwin County, Georgia, before I do, please let me know. It’s got to be greater than my families’ three write-ins.

  21. Gary: “@SC: Actually, RSG said we needed to vote.”

    Yeah, I confess — I said that. But don’t listen to Gary — he’s just an engineer. RBH thinks they’re more akin to physicians (like Paul Broun) than to scientists. No, wait. Gary went to Purdue. That makes him better than any scientist. Genius, as a matter of fact, as are all Purdue alumni.

  22. @RSG: Mt Dew. Nose. You know the rest.

  23. As a fellow Boilermaker (MS Chemistry, ’76) I heartedly agree with all of the above.

  24. TJW writes: “Unless he has an MD/PhD, which I don’t think he does and even then he missed a few lessons along the way.”

    I just wanted to add that I see a lot of medical students and residents doing good science as a part of their education. Some of the programs here are moving towards a research requirement including publication for all their residents. For the medical students, participation in research puts them on the fast-track to better residency programs.
    Granted I do not see the one who are uninterested in science, but I still think the next generation of doctors are going for be far better trained in science than Broun ever was.

  25. @TA: That’s heartening.